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Family of Martin Richard expects emotional week

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BOSTON (WHDH) - The family of Martin Richard has said they expect the one-year anniversary of his death to be a very emotional time.

Eight-year-old Martin was the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. His family is intensely private but they are opening up about the charitable foundation set up in his name and talking about their pain.

“I think there are mixed emotions. This has been a very long and painful year, the road to recovery has been brutal,” Larry Marchese, a spokesman for the Richard family, said.

Martin’s father Bill, mother Denise and sister Jane were also seriously injured in the bombing.

Bill Richard was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center where he had a difficult time accepting treatment.

“Relax? How can I relax? My son is dead,” he said.

“He didn’t want to be out. He was tough. It was two full days before he let anyone at him,” Marchese said.

Jane, Martin’s younger sister, lost her leg in the bombing, spent more than a month in the ICU and underwent more than a dozen surgeries.
Jane talked about what she remembered from that day.

“I lost my leg. I remember a bomb going off. I man carried me to an ambulance. Then 'where’s Martin?'” she  said.

First Lady Michelle Obama and country music star Taylor Swift both visited Jane while she was in the hospital.

Bill and Denise have done everything they can to surround their children with love.

They are planning on attending a tribute at the Hynes Convention Center Tuesday but are not saying what they will be doing on the day of the race.

“I think they have a decent handle on what they want to do but they’re going to keep it to themselves. It’s going to be an emotional day and for that reason it will be a very private day,” Marchese said.

The family said the race was a big day for them every year.

"The Boston Marathon was always a special day for our family, the start of spring, a T ride into the city to cheer on the runners. We didn't miss many, if any, over the last ten years," Bill said.

Martin's brother, Henry, only suffered cuts and bruises but he shares the rest of the families emotional damage in losing his brother.

"My brother Henry only got some cuts, but he was hurt in his heart," Jane said.
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